Two South County senators vote for, one against same-sex marriage bill

  • By Evan Smith, Herald writer
  • Monday, February 6, 2012 7:49pm

Two state senators from South Snohomish County voted in favor of the same-sex-marriage bill that passed the state Senate Feb. 1.

Democratic state Sens. Maralyn Chase and Rosemary McAuliffe voted for the bill. Democratic state Sen. Paull Shin voted “no.”

Sens. Chase and McAuliffe had previously announced their support for the bill, calling it a matter of fairness. Shin, on his website, called his “no” vote “a highly personal decision,” adding that he had “utmost respect” for people on the other side of the issue.

All three voted against an amendment to refer the proposal to voters, with Shin saying that it was the legislature’s duty to decide such matters and that a public vote would be divisive.

The bill now goes to the state House of Representatives, which expects to pass it.

Opponents expect to gather the 120,557 signatures needed to put a referendum on the November ballot.

Chase represents the 32nd Legislative District, which now includes Woodway, south Edmonds, nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, and Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and north Kirkland in King County. With redistricting, the sistrict will continue to include Woodway, south Edmonds and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County and add Lynnwood, a small part of Mountlake Terrace and part of northwest Seattle but no longer include Lake Forest Park, Kenmore or part of Kirkland.

McAuliffe represents the 1st Legislative District, which now includes Brier, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell, Woodinville, Maltby, a small part of Edmonds and unincorporated areas of both Snohomish and King counties. With redistricting, the District will continue to include Brier, Bothell, most of Mountlake Terrace and unincorporated areas of Snohomish County east of Bothell and unincorporated areas of King County south of Bothell and reaching into Kirkland.

Shin represents the 21st Legislative District, which now includes Lynnwood, Mukilteo, most of Edmonds and a small part of Mountlake Terrace. With redistricting, the District will continue to include Mukilteo, most of Edmonds and unincorporated areas north of Edmonds and Lynnwood but will now include part of Everett and no longer include the City of Lynnwood.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.

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